Blog Updates for West Coast Swing and Hustle
Vacation Week (May 2012)
You'd be amazing to know - sometimes I need a break from dance. Emotionally, this makes no sense at all. I love dance, dancing and teaching dance. However, since January, I have hardly had any time off. Just physically, it was taking its toll. Starting in April, I was teaching dance on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and rehearsing or attending dance events on most weekends. It was almost nonstop. Here's how I spent some of my time off.
Swingin Into Spring 2012 - Group Results
Thank you to everyone who was a part of our SwingShoes Group! We had a great time dancing with you, getting to know each other better and guiding you on your journey into dance.
Congratulations to all who had the courage to compete in the Jack & Jills or Strictly Swing divisions.
*If you would like to be mentioned (and are not on this list), please send an email to me and I will update this list.
Boston Tea Party 2012 - Group Results
Congratulations to all those who had the courage to compete in the Jack & Jill or Strictly Swing divisions.
*If you would like to be listed (and are not on this list), please send an email to me and I will update this list.
Writing dance choreography and sequences
Writing down dance class choreography and sequences is one of the best ways to improve your dancing. I know it sounds crazy that writing could help one's dancing, especially in the day of video. As a teacher, I ask (and sometimes request - and sometimes even demand) that students write down the sequence of the day. I do this for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes. I do this because the act of writing helps the learning process.
MADjam 2012 Review and Group Placements
Go Big or Go Home!! MADjam 2012 was really incredible. First-rate hotel, first-rate staff, first-rate dance floor, first-rate sound system, first-rate dancing!
I personally had a great time at MADjam 2012. From the moment of first arrival, the hotel staff was quick and responsive and even accommodating (no way!!!).
Dance Rehearsals for MADjam
Over the last couple of weeks we have fully resurrected our Hustle and Cabaret routines for Mid Atlantic Dance Jam, aka MADjam. This event is being held next week and we are gearing up to have clean and powerful presentations of both of our routines.
Valentine's Day Weekend for a Dancer
Anna and I are looking forward to our Valentine's Day weekend. For most people, Valentine's weekend is an attempt to have idealistically, romantic experiences mixed with chocolates and flowers. Not us!
Music Cut for New West Coast Swing Routine
And so begins a new year! Anna and I have been discussing choreographing a new West Coast Swing routine for some time now. We have finally chosen a song out of 3 possibilities. Of the two that we did not choose this time, one was a slow blues and the other was an artsy song that reminded me of a vignette from Cirque du Soleil. The one that we did select has a folksy-rock feel with a good up-beat tempo and strong positive interpretation.
2011 - Year in Review
2011 was an incredible year! We had some major achievements, some unprecedented in the United States. We also had some growing pains. Best of all, our dance community continues to expand and our social-fabric is woven ever closer and stronger.
Kim & Ian - A wedding intertwined in the fabric of dance
On Saturday, October 22, Anna and I attended the beautiful wedding of Kim Brolet and Ian Spatz. It was a very important wedding to me because of the friendship that I have shared with Kim on and off the dance floor. Through dance, I met Kim; Kim met her husband, Ian and her maid of honor, Charity. Dance might be one of threads that joins Kim & Ian and many of the people who hold them dear.
Married because of Music & Dance - Bruce & Laura
On Saturday, September 24, 2012, Anna and I were invited to a wedding. It wasn't just any wedding. It was the wedding of Bruce, one of my most long-term students, and Laura, the woman that he met while attending MidSummer Night Swing, a dance event in New York City.
As much as I would like to take full or even partial credit for both of them meeting, I will allow fate to be responsible for this amazing occurrence. Here's how they met: